Having a Yarn with Isabelle Docker, AHTV Partnerships Manager


Get ready to dive deep into the world of AHTV (Aboriginal Health Television) with Isabelle Docker, Wiradjuri woman and Partnerships Manager, as she shares her journey, insights, and dreams for the network. From her initial impressions to standout content experiences and game-changing accomplishments, Isabelle’s passion for promoting health and wellbeing within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities shines through. Join us as we chat with Isabelle about her behind-the-scenes experiences, her partnerships with AMS’s, and her exciting vision for AHTV’s future.


What has your journey with AHTV been like – What was your initial impression of the network, and how has your perception evolved since then?

AHTV has been a truly eye-opening experience. Redfern AMS is my local GP, so I wasn’t unfamiliar with the network. But becoming a part of AHTV and seeing behind the scenes has given me a new perspective on health and newfound respect for all AMS’s.

My first impression was that AHTV is incredibly professional and well-organised. It quickly became clear to me that this platform had the potential to deliver impactful health and wellbeing messaging to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the country.


Which piece of content on AHTV has resonated with you the most?  Why did it stand out?

Out of all the amazing content on AHTV, the recent campaign “Strong Mob, Strong Mind” truly resonated with me. It might seem simple at first glance, just seven images – but the power they hold is incredible. Each image captures the essence of community spirit within Aboriginal cultures, showcasing how people come together to face challenges and uplift each other. It’s a beautiful testament to strength, resilience, and unity, all delivered in a visually striking way. The simplicity of the format makes the message even more powerful.


We love celebrating successes – what has been your biggest accomplishment so far with AHTV?

It’s hard to pick just one accomplishment at AHTV – I truly feel like I’m making a difference every week. But if I had to choose, I’d say my biggest win so far has been partnering with AMS’s and organizations on our network to share local content on screens in their waiting rooms.  Through this initiative, we’ve been able to share information about local events and resources on AHTV that is specific to their area.

This is a gamechanger for local communities, organisations, and events. It empowers them to connect with people directly through a trusted platform, creating a stronger sense of community and providing valuable information. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how AHTV can be a powerful tool for positive change.  


Our AMS partnerships are the backbone of AHTV. Can you describe your experience working and communicating with our AMS partners?

Building relationships with our AMS partners has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my time at AHTV. There’s a strong sense of collaboration, where we work together with a shared understanding of our goals.  We’re all united in our mission to support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

One of the highlights has been developing a strong connection with a Practice Manager who oversees multiple AMS locations. Seeing their enthusiasm for AHTV’s growth has been truly inspiring, reinforcing the impact of our network and motivating everyone involved.  


AHTV is constantly evolving.  Looking ahead, what kind of developments would you like to see happen for the network in the future?

I’m excited about the direction AHTV is going, building its content in legal education, women’s health and interviews with award winning Aboriginal health professionals. Looking ahead we are aiming to expand AHTV and begin partnering with Aboriginal Land Councils, Youth Programs, Aboriginal Legal Services and Educational Institutions. By creating a network that encompasses all these touchpoints, we can empower communities throughout every stage of their health and wellbeing journey, from youth to adulthood. This new comprehensive approach has the potential to make a significant and lasting impact.

Isabelle Docker, Wiradjuri woman 

AHTV Partnerships Manager